Many special events in Toronto; several roads closed

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Several special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. The City said in a statement that residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and enjoy these events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

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Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at or following @TTCnotices on Twitter.


Chinatown Festival
The southbound lanes of Spadina Avenue will be closed from St. Andrew Street to Sullivan Street from Saturday, August 20 at 12:01 a.m. to Sunday, August 21 at 11:59 p.m. Dundas Street will be open during this time period.

This is an annual street festival featuring Asian and international street foods, dragon and lion dances, martial arts and entertainment performances. The theme this year is Legend of the Dragon. We want to tell stories about the most significant mythical creature in Chinese culture. Dragons are often associated with the royal family and higher beings, and they are referenced in Chinese fiction, dance, architecture, etc.

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Taste of Manila
Bathurst Street from Wilson Avenue to Laurelcrest Avenue will be closed in both directions fromSaturday, August 20 at 12:01 a.m. to Sunday, August 21 at 11:59 p.m.  Buses on the 7 Bathurst, 310 Bathurst and 160 Bathurst north routes will divert during this event via Wilson Avenue, Wilson Heights Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.

Open Streets TO
Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Parliament Street and Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street will be closed on Sunday, August 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street at Dufferin Street, Ossington Avenue, Grace Street, Christie Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Church Street, Ted Rogers Way, Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street.

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Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge Street at Wellesley, College, Gerrard, Dundas, Shuter and Queen Streets. – CINEWS

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